Melissa Dalton-Bradford is an author, independent scholar, popular public speaker, wife, and bereaved mother, who has published essays, poetry, and two books, Global Mom: A Memoir, and On loss and Living Onward: Collected Voices for the Grieving and Those Who Would Mourning with Them. She holds a BA in German and an MA in Comparative Literature, speaks, reads and writes fluent German, French, and Norwegian, is conversant in Mandarin, is studying Italian, and has taught language, humanities and writing on the university level. She and her husband Randall have built their family in Vienna, Hong Kong, Oslo, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Geneva, and are presently moving to Frankfurt. It was in the middle of a major move–from Paris to Munich–that the Bradfords lost their son Parker as he attempted to save the life of a fellow student caught in a lethal hidden whirlpool. The loss catapulted Melissa into the most foreign world of all; the entirely alien, but transformative, land of loss.